The Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy at the Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center
Project Title: The Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy
Program Lead: Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Education Center
Program Focus: Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy will emphasize two career clusters that will provide students clear pathways among high school and higher education and high-demand jobs. Students enrolled in the proposed Academy will receive academic and technical training in career preparation for Health Sciences and Engineering and Technology.
Partners: New Kent County Public Schools; Charles City County Public Schools; King and Queen County Public Schools; King William County Public Schools; Middlesex County Public Schools
Partnership Members: Bridging Communities Board of Control, New Kent County Public Schools; Charles City County Public Schools; King and Queen County Public Schools; King William County Public Schools; Middlesex County Public Schools; Rappahannock Community College, Town of West Point Town Council, Dominion Resources Service; J. Sanders Construction Company
Lead Entity: Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Education Center
Fiscal Agent: New Kent County Public Schools
Dr. Larkin Phillips, Director
Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy
Phone: 804-966-9650 or 804-496-6857
Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Education Center
11835 New Kent Highway
P. O. Box 232
New Kent, Virginia 23124
Number of Students Served: The Bridging Communities Governor’s STEM Academy will have the capacity to enroll 95 students, grades 11-12. During the initial school year (2012-2013) applications will be accepted for 54 students.
Career Pathways: Engineering and Technology, Health Science
Academy Goals and Description: The overall goals of the Governor’s STEM Academy are to provide students with the 21st-century, STEM-enriched technological skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and in the world of work through authentic, rigorous, project-based work while building partnerships with parents, community and business leaders to meet these goals.
Specific Governor’s STEM Academy objectives include:
- Improve academic achievement of Academy students by increasing academic rigor and relevance within selected pathways.
- Increase completion of dual enrollment courses.
- Provide workplace readiness experiences through strong partnerships with businesses.
- Increase high school graduation rates.
- Reduce dropout rates.
- Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education.
- Increase the number of students completing a college and workplace ready curriculum in high school.
- Reduce the number of students requiring remediation in college.
- Increase the number of industry certifications awarded to high school students.
- Increase the number of graduates employed in high-wage, high-skilled careers.
Highlights of the Academy: As a result of participating in the Governor’s STEM Academy the students will:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge incorporated in their fields of study;
- Benefit from specialized, project-based courses which develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, preparing them for the 21st-century world;
- Acquire greater communication skills;
- Develop workplace readiness skills;
- Receive opportunities to earn industry certifications preparing them to be more competitive in the work force and when applying to advanced training schools or postsecondary institutions;
- Obtain meaningful, real-life, hands-on experiences in their career pathway; and profit from opportunities for internships, mentorships, job shadowing, and cooperative education, which provide students with advantages when entering postsecondary education and/or the workplace.